Title: Scanning and Weeding: A Prescribed Burn of the State of Arizona Research Library's Map Collection
Ryan Ehrfurth, Arizona Memory Project Administrator, Map Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Record
This presentation will provide a detailed walkthrough of a map collection development project underway at the State of Arizona Research Library. The project entails evaluating every map to determine its suitability in the collection. Some maps will be scanned and made accessible online, others will be weeded and discarded. The purpose of this project is to enhance discoverability of the collection's best maps through digitization, while reducing the collection's size by weeding maps that do not fit the collection development policy.
Learning outcomes include:
- Planning a large scale evaluation of a physical collection.
- Establishing efficient workflows to implement the evaluation.
- Creating or revising policies to maintain the health of the collection going forward.
Ryan Ehrfurth is the Arizona Memory Project Administrator and Maps Librarian at the State of Arizona Research Library. He formerly provided research support for the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names. He has a Master's Degree in Public History from Arizona State University. Work projects include completing a platform migration of the Arizona Memory Project with assistance from the Discovery Librarian, and spearheading efforts to process and reorganize the Library's physical map collection. When he's not working, Ryan enjoys playing video games with excellent maps.